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Throwback Thursdays: Silvio Rodriguez’s “En Estos Dias”

July 9, 2009

I like to think of Silvio Rodriguez as the Pablo Neruda of Latin American music. Like the poet, he’s written for both love and justice—from songs about the women who have controlled all of his senses, to songs that pay homage to freedom fighters. He might just be considered a poet by many, having written lyrics like, “Ojalá que las hojas no te toquen el cuerpo cuando caigan/ para que no las puedas convertir en cristal.” And in today’s song of the day he sings, “En estos días, todo el viento del mundo sopla en tu dirección…/En estos días no sale el sol, sino tu rostro/ Y en el silencio, sordo del tiempo, gritan tus ojos.”

Silvio Rodriguez

Silvio Rodriguez

Like Neruda and many of the world’s best poets, governments seem to fear Silvio’s words. A couple of months ago, the United States would not allow him into the country to celebrate Pete Seeger‘s birthday—perhaps because of his political ties to Cuba and the revolution (perhaps?), or just the power of his words. They may be able to stop him, but not his music. Not only have Silvio’s songs moved across borders, but they have also reached new generations. For that reason, in addition to an MP3 and video of Silvio, we’re including a video of one of the finest voices in Latin Reggae, Willy Rodriguez (from Cultura Profetica), beautifully covering “En Estos Dias.” Que viva Silvio!

Silvio Rodriguez-En Estos Dias (Live Version MP3)

Silvio Rodriguez-En Estos Dias (Video)

Willy Rodriguez from Cultura Profetica-En Estos Dias (Video)